Monday, July 6, 2009

S.I.B. - 1981 - The Third World War + 6 unreleased tracks (IT)

S.I.B. - 1981 - The Third World War + 6 unreleased tracks (IT)
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History (from a june '84 flyer)
All started in the early summer of 1980 when Red, Dirk, Hirschmann and Sidney were still playing in the R.N.A. TRANSFERT, a 6 piece band playing trax of Iggy Pop, Heartbreakers, Police and suck like. At that time Red was bored to keep on playing songs of the biggest bands so he decided to form a new band. Dirk and Sifney joined him and they decided to name the band RED BRIGADES then started to compose the first tracks that were mainly influenced by the Sex Pistols and early Police. A few weeks later they met Tracy a girlsinger mad for the U.K. Subs and in a couple of days their songs got also lyrics.

At the end of the summer Tracy left for 2 month holidays in London and in the meantime SS Hirschmann joined the band too then they changed the name to SWELLING ITCHING BRAINS because it wasn't easy to get gigs in Italy with a name like RED BRIGADES. In November Tracy came back home and S.I.B. started playing several great and powerful gigs and just after a performance at the Girasele Club in Ravenna in January '81 a producer of a small independent label asked the band to make an album.

Tracy and Co. couldn't nearly believe it and on April 8th thay got in a small 4-track studio to record 12 songs to THE THIRD WORLD WAR Lp.

In the middle of the time employed in recording, S.I.B. gave their beat gig at Forli on May 27th but just later Dick, Sidney and Hirschmann were very much influenced by the new wave style and Red also got a previsional influence like that so the latest phase of the recordings and mixing gave the sound of the album less power. The same thing happened to the following gigs and at the end of the summer of '81 the first disagreements grow up about the kind of music to play, Sidney, Hirschmann and Dirk were against keeping on playing punk while Tracy and Red (that had come back himself) only wanted to do that kind of music so they looked for some people to form a hardcore band but in the small town and neighbourhood where they live there weren't (and still aren't) punks and S.I.B. were the only alternative then, the best thing was keeping on playing with S.I.B. trying to make a music between punk and new wave.

In December '81 the album came out finally but it was a disappointment, the tracks were much softer than the first raw live versions but the product wasn't that bad and it sold very well in Europe, especially after the release of RAW WAE compilation tape by Xcentrix Noise label, featuring two tracks (NO-ONE RULES and SECRET LIFE) from the Lp.

In the meantime S.I.B. started practicing lots of new songs but all those ones weren't good enough to bring on stage and at the following gigs S.I.B. just played the same old numbers and dew new ones.

The Situation inside the band became a total bore and after a gig at Cesena on June 28th 1982 Tracy and Red decided to leave definately, then the band get to break up.

However S.I.B. get other 10 minute life on September 24th 1983 when all the members of the band met occasionally at a punk gig at Cesena and went on stage to play 3 old numbers.

The following activities of the single members haven't been particularly important except then Red who joined a great Oi! band called DIOXINA for ever one year before leaving them too.
Hirschmann, Sidney and Dirk formed a 6 piece band into funky, no gigs so far.

At the moment Track and Red are forming a new band, of course it will be a great band, they may come out at the end of this summer, you have to wat and see...

Swelling Itching Brain (S.I.B.) were:
Tracy Crazy - lead vocals
Sidney Ratcatch - bass
Dirk - drums
Red - lead guitar
S.S. Hirschmann - rhythm guitar
Album: "The Third World War"
Label: LM Records (LM04)
Released: November 1981

Tracy Crazy - Vocals
Red G. Seventeen - Lead Guitar
S.S. Hischmann
Sidney Ratcatch - Bass
Dirk - Drums

Comments (by Red): Recorded at Piazza-Triossi 4-track studio, Ravenna. I don't have my own vynil copy of this album anymore so I turned to digital my TDK SA chrome cassette taped from original master reel just prior sending it to the vynil factory. It mantained the orogonal sounds so,despite the obsolete "hissy support" it sounds better than vynil!

01. The Third World War
02. Tears
03. My Secret Life
04. Listless
05. Li
06. Nuclear spy
07. The Hero
08. You
09. No One Rules
10. Boys
11. That's Me
12. No Moon Out Tonight

Extra Tracks (not in the Lp or previous realeased):
13. Untitled (Goin' Upstairs)
Rehearsal session, Spring 1982. After releasing the LP we started working to some new tracks. There wasn't enough time to complete this one before the band did split up. To my ears this riff reminds me somebody running up and down the stairs hence the reason why I titled "Goin' Upstairs"...

14. That's Me

15. Boys
Rehearsal session, Summer 1981. We used to work on instrumental structure of new songs then, after recording them we passed tapes to Tracy to put lyrics on

16. Nuclear Spy
Recorded Live, Scuola Giosuè Carducci, Cesena, 24/7/1981. This was the original form of this song. When we entered the studio we had the bad idea to change the sound using a drum machine and a sax. We didn't own a drum machine so we asked a local band who had one. Although there was no way to obtain a decent sound from it we went straight on anyway. Let's avoid to talk about the sax player... After all these years I still wonder why we kept this version rather than dismiss it and record the song the same way we always performed live...!

17. No Moon Out Tonight (instrumental)
This is the same take used in the album just before recording the vocals.

18. Listless
Recorded Live, Cinema Ariston, Cattolica, 13/2/81. When performing live sometime we used to extend this song with a Ska rhythm coda.
This special post is in memory of Tracy (R.I.P. 2007) and just possible because of Red from the S.I.B.. Thanks very much for this amazing and unknow materials!


Titus Bresthell said...


Anonymous said...

Yeahhhh!!!! Thanks!!!

Fernando :)

PS It's also great to read a history of the band at least, very interesting. There's some typos anyway, I'm quite sure the town is Forli not Ferli :D

isksp said...

hehe my mistake, already corrected!

Joe Kidd said...

oh wow! i have the Raw War tape since it first came out back in the early 80s and have always been wondering about SIB, but this is the first time I read about them in a more informative form. Back then all I know was that SIB was from Italy and that's it! This is truly amazing find as I love those tracks on the tape. So I'm downloading NOW! By the way, one other thing that got me drawn to SIB is the name. Swelling Itching Brain is a title of a song by Devo back when they were truly awesome (Are We Not Men & Duty Now For The Future era)! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

After the euphoria of my previous comment I went to the previous SIB post and read the comments that guitarist RED wrote there. It's wonderful to read things like that when members of bands appear and get so excited when finding again the music after all those years and seeing people are still interested in them... Btw excuse my un-modesty but I think I was the first to mention SIB in this blog (in the Mercenary God post), hehe. Big thanks Red!! Sad to know about Tracy's passing. What a fantastic voice she had. Even the NW songs sound punky thanks to her. I'm not surprised the band didn't get anywhere having such a pop market like the Italian was (and still is? I wonder... I know as a fact that the very similar shitlike Spanish market is still a damned mess). Sometimes history should be rewritten. And it will be, SIB won't be forgotten!! Not from me at least, ha! Now all we need is a reissue with big media coverage and all :D
Saludos & grazie mille & obrigado again
Fernando :)

Joe Kidd said...

sorry guys but I have a request. can anyone post this on rapidshare? the zShare link failed on me, I tried downloading 3 times but the download stops at 6MB! Uncomplete download. I don't know why but zShare's connection in Malaysia is crap.

I would be forever indebted. Thanks in advance.

isksp said...

yeah, i've the same problem over here in brasil with large files... so, check the post again with a new link to sharebee, Joe

and, Fernando, indeed, it all started with your request heheh and it's really cool, as you said, when the members of the bands posted over here get this kind of excitement, especially to a 25 years old brazilian like myself (that was not a part of this whole scene because of the age and the localization)

justin said...

Fernando just sent me your way on this one. Wanted to thank you for your time and energy in making this available to all (especially me).

Toxik Boys - SIB won't be forgotten! said...

Sólo los grandes se alegran de ver que luego de muchos años, su música continua siendo recordada y es tributada en blogs como estos.
En lo personal tengo experiencias parecidas, y es un orgullo.
SIB lamentablemente era casi nulamente conocído en la internet. Tiempo atrás buscaba cosas de ellos y no daba con nada, hasta que me topé con este post.
Muchas gracias a FELIPE por compartir esto!.
Y más agradecido aun a RED por brindar esta información tan buena.
Y como no también, a FERNANDO por ser el primero en nombrar a SIB en este blog jajaja.

TarAntXon said...

R.I.P. Tracy Crazy
[just found one of your letters this year]

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Great stuff!
Can you please repost it, with pictures that Red sent you!


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